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November 18, 1998

RapeAfter Silence: Rape and My Journey Back

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Nancy Venable Raine, 288 pp, $23, ISBN 0-517-70683-0, New York, NY, Crown Publishers, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(19):1716-1717. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1716-JBK1118-3-1

Nancy Raine's book is an autobiographical account of the time from her rape in 1985 until she came to grips with the feelings that the assault produced in 1993. Raine was raped by an attacker whom she did not know and who was never caught.

In After Silence, she describes the events in her life, both external and internal, following the rape. She takes us through the thoughts and feelings that were produced first by the rape and later by the reactions of police, family, friends, and readers of a brief article that she wrote about the incident. Hers is the sort of detailed clinical picture that was common when psychoanalysis was a major influence in psychiatry. In those days, each person was seen as complex, unique, and beautiful. Today, psychiatrists, like many other physicians, often view their patients as a loose collection of receptors to be manipulated by drugs or by questions asked from a manual.

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